Body Transformation: Star Transformer

The fitness world didn’t know Barbara Baez before, but they do now. This Puerto Rican beauty created a new body and transformed her entire life out of pure willpower!

Name: Bárbara Fernández Báez
Email: barbaralight@live.com
BodySpace: BarbieVoight

Barbara Baez Barbara Baez
AGE 18
HEIGHT
5'7"
WEIGHT
210 lbs
BODY FAT
36%
AGE 22
HEIGHT
5'8"
WEIGHT
129 lbs
BODY FAT
14%

Why I decided to transform

I have always been told it was easy to become fat in my family, but it didn't hit me until adolescence. Conditions like diabetes and coronary heart disease are prevalent in my family. Because I wore a school uniform every day, I didn't notice myself gaining weight and risking the development of disease.

At age 17, I got into college and ate junk food almost every day. I had the wrong idea that if I ate natural, homemade foods, or vegetables, I was eating healthy. At age 18, I lived alone in a studio apartment near campus. One day, my best friend made me weigh myself in a department store. I was convinced that 10 pounds were from shoes and clothes and another 10 pounds was from my boobs. I was blind to my weight because I never had issues attracting guys.

At 5-foot-7 and 210 pounds, I couldn't go upstairs without feeling fatigued, or swim. I wasn't wearing a bikini anymore and didn't like shopping. It was okay when I was a size large, but extra large was too far. The first time I saw a picture of myself at that weight, I secretly started to cry and hate myself. It was a matter of many factors, including health, self-esteem, and money. I had so many excuses for being fat.

How I accomplished my goals

I was tired of excuses. I was 18 and didn't need my parents' authorization to enroll at a gym. If I was going to make a lifestyle change, it had to be forever. I didn't know how to start, so I looked for information on the internet. The gym staff was helpful. Even though I had no money for a personal trainer they were always willing to help me.

I was doing everything exclusively for me and owned a three-year gym membership. I joined initially with a good friend to motivate each other, but he went for the first week and never came back. I didn't let that stop me. I followed the suggestions of experienced people and Bodybuilding.com. When I joined the gym, I was already 14 pounds lighter thanks to a detox diet, and in a matter of six months I was at 147 pounds.

My only fat burner in the beginning was coffee. I never had a clear goal; I wanted to lose 15 pounds, then another 10, and so on. I started to enjoy exercise, the experience, a clear state of mind, and the low stress. I love the feeling after cycling class. During this time, I learned lots about proper nutrition and made permanent changes to avoid alcohol, switch from milk chocolate to dark chocolate, and to quit soda and sugary juices. I also tried to keep a couple granola bars in my purse everywhere I went.

After a year, I was busy with college finals and eventually stopped going to the gym and eating healthy. I was always studying and with my mates. My brain needed sugar. I didn't care until the scale went up again. I tried going to the gym again, but it wasn't the same. I was 163 pounds, traveled, and tasted every new food. The cellulite came back again.

My role models helped me stay motivated through their transformation stories. But, of course, I had my moments where I nearly quit. Two things kept me going. The first was that I knew the results of unhealthy eating. The second was my boyfriend who started training with me. He taught me how to train hard and keep going. Training with my significant other was one of the best things I could do. He is dedicated. It's important to have a partner who supports you. Healthy living must be for your entire life.

The opportunity to participate in the most important beauty pageant in my country, Miss Universe Puerto Rico, where I became Miss Universe San Sebastián, was a game changer. I never dreamed about being in a beauty pageant because I thought it was impossible. Thanks to the assistance of my promoter, Diana Monteiro and her Miss Latin International US Organization, I was able to pull it off.

I got in the best shape of my life without looking too muscular. Now my story is well known around the world, especially in Brazil, where I had my first TV appearance.

Supplements that helped me through the journey
Morning
Pre-workout
  • Gaspari Nutrition Detonate

    Gaspari Nutrition Detonate

    1 cap

Post-workout
  • Gaspari IntraPro

    Gaspari IntraPro

    1 scoop

Before Bed
  • Xtreme Formulations Ultra Peptide

    Xtreme Formulations Ultra Peptide

    1 scoop

Diet Plan That Guided My Transformation

I eat every 2-3 hours and drinks lots and lots of water. On weekends, I eat whatever I want, including pizza, but in moderation.

Meal 1
  • eggs

    Egg White Omelet w/ 1 serving Reduced-fat Swiss Cheese and 4oz Turkey Breast

    5

  • grapes

    White Grapes

    100g

  • tea

    Tea (Red)

    1 cup

Meal 2
  • almonds

    Almonds

    23

Meal 3
  • Couscous

    Couscous

    1/2 cup

  • chicken

    Chicken Breast

    5oz

  • veggies

    Veggies

    1 cup

  • tea

    Tea (Red)

    1 cup

Meal 4: Post-workout
  • Gaspari IntraPro

    Gaspari IntraPro

    1 scoop

  • banana

    Banana

    1

Meal 5
  • brown rice

    Brown Rice

    2/3 cup

  • greens

    Greens

    1 cup

  • tilapia

    Tilapia

    4oz

Meal 6
  • eggs

    Egg

    1

  • soy milk

    Soy Milk

    10oz

  • Xtreme Formulations Ultra Peptide

    Xtreme Formulations Ultra Peptide

    1 scoop

Training regimen that kept me on track

I'm always changing my workout routine. I would live in the gym, but I have a very busy schedule. Abs exercises change every day and quantity depends on my mood.

Day 1: Legs
  • Barbell Squat Barbell Squat

    Barbell Squat

    4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Leg Press Leg Press

    Leg Press (Single leg)

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • Wide Stance Barbell Squat Wide Stance Barbell Squat

    Wide Stance Barbell Squat (Performed w/ dumbbells)

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Leg Extensions Leg Extensions

    Leg Extensions

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Lying Leg Curls Lying Leg Curls

    Lying Leg Curls

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Butt Lift (Bridge) Butt Lift (Bridge)

    Butt Lift (Bridge)

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Glute Kickback Glute Kickback

    Glute Kickback

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

    Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

    4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Seated Calf Raise Seated Calf Raise

    Seated Calf Raise

    4 sets of 15-20 reps
Day 2: Back/Chest/Core
  • Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown

    Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Seated Cable Rows Seated Cable Rows

    Seated Cable Rows

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • One-Arm Dumbbell Row One-Arm Dumbbell Row

    One-Arm Dumbbell Row

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • Straight-Arm Pulldown Straight-Arm Pulldown

    Straight-Arm Pulldown

    4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Barbell Incline Bench Press - Medium Grip Barbell Incline Bench Press - Medium Grip

    Barbell Incline Bench Press - Medium Grip

    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip

    Barbell Bench Press - Medium Grip

    3 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Decline Barbell Bench Press Decline Barbell Bench Press

    Decline Barbell Bench Press

    3 sets of 12 reps
  • Butterfly Butterfly

    Butterfly

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • Hyperextensions (Back Extensions) Hyperextensions (Back Extensions)

    Hyperextensions (Back Extensions)

    4 sets of 20 reps

Abs Circuit

  • Crunches Crunches

    Crunches

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Air Bike Air Bike

    Air Bike

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Medicine Ball Full Twist Medicine Ball Full Twist

    Medicine Ball Full Twist

    4 sets of 25 reps
Day 3: Cardio
  • Jogging-Treadmill Jogging-Treadmill

    Jogging-Treadmill

    30-60 min
Day 4: Shoulders/Arms
  • Front Dumbbell Raise Front Dumbbell Raise

    Front Dumbbell Raise

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • Side Lateral Raise Side Lateral Raise

    Side Lateral Raise

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • Dumbbell Shoulder Press Dumbbell Shoulder Press

    Dumbbell Shoulder Press

    4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Upright Barbell Row Upright Barbell Row

    Upright Barbell Row

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Dumbbell Alternate Bicep Curl Dumbbell Alternate Bicep Curl

    Dumbbell Alternate Bicep Curl

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Barbell Curl Barbell Curl

    Barbell Curl

    4 sets of 15 reps
  • One Arm Dumbbell Preacher Curl One Arm Dumbbell Preacher Curl

    One Arm Dumbbell Preacher Curl

    4 sets of 12-15 reps
  • Dumbbell One-Arm Triceps Extension Dumbbell One-Arm Triceps Extension

    Dumbbell One-Arm Triceps Extension

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Lying Triceps Press Lying Triceps Press

    Lying Triceps Press

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Cable Rope Overhead Triceps Extension Cable Rope Overhead Triceps Extension

    Cable Rope Overhead Triceps Extension

    4 sets 15-20 reps
Day 5: Legs/Abs
  • Barbell Squat Barbell Squat

    Barbell Squat

    4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Dumbbell Lunges Dumbbell Lunges

    Dumbbell Lunges

    3 sets of 20 reps
  • Wide Stance Barbell Squat Wide Stance Barbell Squat

    Wide Stance Barbell Squat (Performed w/ dumbbells)

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Leg Extensions Leg Extensions

    Leg Extensions

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Lying Leg Curls Lying Leg Curls

    Lying Leg Curls

    4 sets of 20 reps
  • Butt Lift (Bridge) Butt Lift (Bridge)

    Butt Lift (Bridge)

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Glute Kickback Glute Kickback

    Glute Kickback

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

    Calf Press On The Leg Press Machine

    4 sets of 15-20 reps
  • Seated Calf Raise Seated Calf Raise

    Seated Calf Raise

    4 sets of 15-20 reps

Abs Circuit

  • Crunches Crunches

    Crunches

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Air Bike Air Bike

    Air Bike

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Medicine Ball Full Twist Medicine Ball Full Twist

    Medicine Ball Full Twist

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Flat Bench Lying Leg Raise Flat Bench Lying Leg Raise

    Flat Bench Lying Leg Raise

    4 sets of 25 reps
  • Plank Plank

    Plank

    4 sets to failure

What Aspect Challenged Me The Most

The most difficult aspect for me was the diet; waiting until the weekend for a cheat meal was very difficult. I never could quit chocolate, so I ate a little square of dark chocolate almost every day. Avoiding a very strict diet helped me maintain my results because I didn't get bored of healthy food.

I love to cook, so I always tried finding recipes using fat-free ingredients. Another difficult aspect was finishing my workout at the gym when it was full of people or when my boyfriend finished before me.

My Future Fitness Plans

I'm planning to become a certified personal trainer. I have many interested clients, but I want to do it the responsible way and learn simultaneously. Because I have so many people asking for advice, I'll release a brand new website with articles and lots of advice based on my experience. For now, I want to be in the best shape of my life.

Suggestions For Aspiring Transformers
  • Drink as much water as you can.
  • Never starve yourself; always carry snacks to eat every 2-3 hours.
  • There are no excuses not to be healthy.
  • Read every article you can about fitness and nutrition.
  • Surround yourself with people who have similar interests and support your goals.
  • Never quit exercising.
  • Take pictures in underwear.
  • Always moisturize your skin to avoid stretch marks.
  • For the ladies: Don't be afraid of weights.
How Bodybuilding.com Helped Me Reach My Goals

The first time I entered to Bodybuilding.com was to buy my boyfriend something. I became addicted. Bodybuilding.com has everything. I'm really sad I didn't discover it before. There are many reasons to love this site:

  • Best prices
  • Best products
  • Very good articles
  • Nutrition and training information
  • BodySpace
  • The Forums
Thanks

I would like to thank all the people who helped me through this journey:

  • Miss Latin US International Organization
  • My promoter Diana Monteiro and Esteban Ramírez for trusting me.
  • Ismael Méndez for providing the opportunity and knowledge to be successful at a beauty pageant.
  • Alberto Cerro for being there for me during the last 10 years.
  • To my brothers and sisters for being so proud of me.
  • To the Grossen's family for giving me so much support and making me feel like I'm part of your family.
  • To photographer Felipe Torres for the awesome pink swimsuit picture.

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